October 01, 20161st2nd3rdFinal
LIPTeam StatsJU
.417Hitting Pct..205
103Total Attacks83
AssistsGESUALDO - 19
AcesFINAN - 2
DigsSWAN - 10
BlocksCOOKS - 3
Another perfect finish for volleyball on trip to northern Florida
Saturday, October 1, 2016
By Mark McGee
Another perfect finish for volleyball on trip to northern Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Lipscomb’s broom is a little threadbare from so much use this weekend.

The Lipscomb volleyball team swept its way through northern Florida concluding with Saturday’s 3-0 win over ASUN Conference foe Jacksonville.

Friday they began the weekend with a 3-0 sweep at North Florida.

Lipscomb won set one 25-14, set two 25-22 and set three 25-20 against Jacksonville.

“I am definitely pleased with our effort,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “After losing last weekend there were questions about who we are and I think it was great we were able to answer that.

“A statement effort this weekend was what we were looking for. We did a lot of great stuff this weekend.”

The Bisons are 9-5 overall, 2-1 in the ASUN. It was the 11th straight match loss for Jacksonville which falls to 3-12, 0-3 in the conference.

The Lipscomb offense was solid posting a .417 team hitting percentage with 53 kills.

“After the first two sets we only had four errors and I was pleased with that,” Rosenthal said. “We were in control the whole match and that was the exciting part for us to be the team dictating the action. I felt good about that.

“We dictated our style. We were capable of doing it, but we hadn’t seen it in a couple of weeks. I credit the girls for executing it. Everybody did a nice job. It was a lot of fun to see them do it.”

Outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum led the way with 15 kills, a match high. She also finished with a .333 hitting percentage. She missed a double-double by one dig as she finished with nine.

Right side Taylor Racich added nine kills and a .348 hitting percentage. Middle blocker Maddie Phillips finished with eight kills and a .667 hitting percentage. Middle blocker Katie Bradley chipped in six kills with a match high .571 hitting percentage.

Setter Kayla Ostrom made a match high 21 assists and also added two kills and four digs. Setter Morgan Elmore added 14 assists.

“I thought our setters really executed our game plan,” Rosenthal said. “We wanted to establish the right side and the middles. We purposely didn’t set the outsides because we wanted to establish things a little bit differently. I thought our passing was really good in allowing people to do what they needed to do.

“It was great to see a game plan and be able to execute that game plan really, really well. Hats off to the staff. It was one of those weeks that was a gut check for the staff. Keeping everybody focused and on task is a credit to Billy Ebel, Justin Beachy, Courtney Harnish, Sean Johnson and Kelsey Ferguson.”

Outside hitter Lauren Anderson tied for the match-high in digs with 10.

Every player for Lipscomb made appearances in at least two sets. Rosenthal said he and his staff decided at the start of the season to make a concerted effort to work the reserve players in whenever possible.

“What the stat sheet doesn’t show is all of our players got some great experience behind them late in sets,” Rosenthal said. “I thought Marcella Emmanuelli and Carli Anderson (who made the final point of the match with a kill) did a nice job at the end of the match of settling in and winning the third set.”

Quick hitters:

  • Bradley had season highs in both hitting percentage and kills.
  • Ostrom recorded two kills in a set for the first time this season.
  • Phillips posted a season high in hitting percentage, her first over .600 and her fifth over .500.
  • Carli Anderson tied her season high for kills with three.
  • Emmanuelli set a season high for assists with four.
  • The  team was planning to cheer on the Lipscomb men's soccer team tonight at North Florida. The men's team was in the crowd Friday night for the UNF volleyball match.

Next up: The Bisons return to Allen Arena for a pair of ASUN matches facing Stetson Oct. 7 at 6:30 and FGCU at 5 p.m. Oct. 8.